Ruth M. Bowers, 78, concluded a lifetime commitment to faith and family when she succumbed to cancer on Sunday, June 28, 2009. In her final days she was surrounded by the loving presence of her husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends. Ruth was born on Jan. 10, 1931, in Green Bay, to the late Leonard and Marian Crooks. Much of her youth was spent in Oconto where she attended St. Peter's School. The family later moved to Green Bay, and Ruth attended St. Joseph Academy, graduating in 1948. On June 17, 1950, she married Clifford C. Bowers at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Green Bay. Ruth and Cliff are 40-year members of St. Jude Catholic Parish in Green Bay where Ruth was a member of the Women's Club. She also volunteered at St. Vincent De Paul. Over the years she worked in the office at what was then Northern Paper Company and later at Gold Bond Ice Cream for many years. The couple was devoted to following the sports activities, musical performances and other special events of their children and grandchildren. Family gatherings of any sort were cherished occasions.
Ruth is survived by her husband as well as eight children, Cliff and Jane Bowers, De Pere; Dana and Larry Peters, Alvin, Wis.; Len and Nancy Bowers, Ted and Patti Bowers, Dawn and Greg Sweeney, Bob and Cheryl Bowers, all of Green Bay; Chuck and Cheryl Bowers, Howard; Sarah and Brad Pokorny, Green Bay. Surviving grandchildren include Sam Bowers, Meg Bowers, Barb (Shaun) Shuck, Becky Peters, Kerrie (Shawn) VerVaeren, Kelly (Kevin) Coonen, Steve (Wendy) Bowers, Jamie (Nicole) Bowers, Matt (Marissa) Bowers, Chris (Bonnie) Bowers, Nicole Bowers, Jenny (Grant) Cummings, Joseph Torrez, Kaitlyn Peters, Zach Bowers, Kyle Bowers, Alexis (Dave) Groop and Brandon Spencer. Other survivors include sisters, Barb Londo and Sue (Dave) Nelson; 14 great-grandchildren, nine stepgrandchildren, 15 stepgreat-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and two aunts. Also surviving are her husband's brothers, Pat (Gerry) Bowers and Dick (Shirley) Bowers; and a sister, Arleen Larscheid.
Preceding Ruth in death were an infant sister, Mary; a brother-in-law, Richard Londo; a niece, Margie Navratil; and two infant grandsons, Luke and Fred Peters.
Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. A parish wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Friends may also call at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1420 Division St., from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Ron Belitz officiating. Entombment will be at the Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
The Bowers family extends a special thank you to the team from Unity Hospice for its compassionate and professional care.